CAF Champions League Final: AS Vita 2-2 ES Setif
CAF Champions League Final action on Sunday saw Algeria’s ES Setif take a huge step toward lifting the continental crown with a 2-2 result against AS Vita in Kinshasa.
Setif set about targeting the hosts’ weakness in defence, and were quickly ahead in the 17th minute. A corner was swung in, and a flick saw it deflect off tournament top-scorer Ndombe Mubele and into his own net.
The Algerians, buoyed by this, asserted themselves in the first half, and could have gone into the interval 2-0 up, but goalkeeper Nelson Lukong tipped an Abdelmalik Ziaya shot onto the crossbar in the 41at minute. They were made to rue that miss as Vita won a penalty deep in first half stoppage time for a handball by Mohamed Lagraa. Lema Mabidi stepped up and dispatched to level the scores.
It was the hosts’ turn to strike the woodwork from a rasping Mubele effort after the interval, as goalkeeper Abderwahab Khedairia just about got fingertips to it. Come the 57th minute though, Setif retook the lead through Akram Djahnit, who rounded Lukong and coolly slotted home.
Kheireddine Madoui’s men were on course for a famous victory in Congo, but Vita would not be denied. With 13 minutes still to play on the clock, Mabidi once again struck, breezing past an opponent before crashing home from all of 30 yards to peg back Setif.
The second leg in Algeria is to hold on Saturday, and Setif will know that a goalless or 1-1 result is enough to earn them the CAF Champions League title.